Queensland commended for decriminalisation of abortion while NSW is called out as archaic

posted on October 18, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates the Palaszczuk Government and Queensland parliament on yesterday’s passage of legislation to decriminalise abortion, and establish safe access zones around termination clinics. NSW is now the only jurisdiction in Australia where abortion remains a crime and, ALHR says, it must now act to address this anomaly. ALHR President … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers concerned electoral Bill could lead to attacks on personal privacy

posted on October 12, 2018

Lawyers have expressed concerns that changes to the Government’s proposed Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (‘the Bill’) do not go far enough and that the Bill continues to exceed its stated aims of supporting both real and perceived integrity and fairness of elections by preventing undue influence in the democratic … Read More >>

New tenancy reforms to protect victims of domestic violence are a human rights win but NSW Parliament must also address unfair evictions

posted on October 12, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined the “Make Renting Fair” campaign in NSW with 90 other organisations urging the NSW Parliament to vote in favour of the Residential Tenancies Act (Review) Bill 2018, but with crucial amendments to make renting fair by removing unfair evictions. ALHR NSW Convenor Sarah Schwartz said, “We strongly … Read More >>

Australia needs a Human Rights Act, not a Religious Discrimination Act

posted on October 12, 2018

Leading human rights lawyers have expressed alarm at recent reports about leaked content of the Ruddock review into religious protections commissioned after last year’s postal vote on marriage equality. Instead of singling out the right to religious freedom, they are calling on the Morrison Government to introduce a national Human Rights Act to protect human … Read More >>

Human Rights lawyers call on Prime Minister to establish separate Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect in the disability care sector.

posted on September 21, 2018

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has welcomed the Government’s recent announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, but is calling on the Government to go one step further and launch the long overdue Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect in the disability care sector. ALHR President Kerry Weste … Read More >>

Prime Minister Morrison called out for reckless commentary on LGBTI kids

posted on September 19, 2018

Leading human rights lawyers are dismayed by the manner in which our new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has chosen to approach the rights of LGBTI children in Australian schools. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to the Prime Minister condemning his recent negative public statements about programs designed to ensure that children who … Read More >>

ALHR welcomes the early closure of Real Bodies: The Exhibition but warns about other exhibitions permitted to operate in Australia

posted on September 6, 2018

Australia’s leading human rights lawyers welcome the early closure of Real Bodies – The Exhibition (Exhibition). The Exhibition was initially due to close end of October 2018, however, is now closing on 16 September 2018. There has been mounting pressure placed on the NSW Government by human rights lawyers, medical professionals, academics and civil society … Read More >>

Leading Human Rights Lawyers Call on Morrison Government to Urgently Address the Shocking Statistics on Indigenous Deaths in Custody

posted on September 2, 2018

Guardian Australia’s ‘Deaths Inside’ project has reported that at least 407 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the conclusion of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC). 147 of those deaths occurred in the past decade, and 43 of that number were young Indigenous people born after … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers call out lack of action to address homelessness in Australia

posted on August 9, 2018

State, Territory and Federal governments must make urgent changes to end homelessness. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has described current levels of homelessness as a significant human rights failure which should be at the forefront of the minds of all parliamentarians during Homelessness Week.   In keeping with this year’s theme of “Ending Homelessness … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers condemn jailing of transgender women in male prisons

posted on August 7, 2018

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is alarmed by reports on ABC News that a transgender woman was jailed and sent to Hobart’s Risdon Prison only then to be allegedly raped by other prisoners. The woman, Marjorie Harwood, has since died from kidney disease. ALHR LGBTI Subcommittee Co-Chair, Georgia Burke said: “The Tasmanian Prison Service … Read More >>